New Firewood Policy In Place For Indiana Campers

by Rick Howlett on March 18, 2011

Indiana officials have begun enforcing a new rule that places restrictions on the type of firewood that that can be brought onto state campgrounds forests and nature preserves.

Phil Bloom with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, says it’s intended to prevent the spread of invasive insects and other pests.

“There are well over one hundred pests and pathogens that can be transported through firewood movement and so on. We’re just trying our best to slow the spread and protect the resources that we have,” he said.

Under the new rule, campers can still bring in firewood, but it must have a federal or state certification stamp or have its bark removed. Kiln-dried construction lumber is also allowed, and some sites will have approved firewood for sale.

A similar rule was put into place last year at Kentucky campgrounds to prevent the spread of the Emerald Ash Borer.

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Nate Iden March 26, 2011 at 9:42 am

I do a lot of hunting around the State of Indiana; with all of my hours in the woods I have never seen a woods with all of the ash trees dead because of the Emerald Ash Borer. Is this like Global Warming? Who is going to get rich off this scheme? The Emerald Ash Borer does not want to live in dried-old firewood. E-mail me back and tell me the location of a woods that is destroyed from the Emerald Ash Borer. Phil, no matter what you do you are not going to stop the spread of invasive insects and other pests. This is nothing but the State and Federal Gov. way to make more money by screwing the people over. When is this nonsense going to end?
It does not make sense to me when DNR makes a camper unload all of their firewood at a check-in station, and then to let the wood set there all weekend. The firewood is already in the park! Then DNR reloads the same wood and puts their stamp on it and resells the firewood. SOUNDS LIKE A MONEY MAKER TO ME! Try solving another problem like why is water wet!

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